A Message From The Committee

If you find yourself reading this post, it may be because you feel a connection towards mental health in some form. Whether this connection is through your own personal experience or due to the experience of someone that you love, mental health is something that affects each and every one of us. This feeling of universality, of going through this …

Suicide: Beyond The Taboo

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Suicide…such a heavy topic of discussion, especially in the local Muslim community. As I was plotting this blog article, my mind was flooded with questions. Written By: Sarah Soofi How do I address this issue? Is there any way I can make this an “easy” topic to discuss? How can I reduce the intensity? After several days of contemplation, I …

Our Jokes on Mental Health

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Even though mental health is slowly becoming more normalized in our community, the jokes haven’t stopped. Written by: Yusra Muflahi It is very likely that you, or someone you know has joked about mental health with no intent to be harmful. Even though mental health is slowly becoming more normalized in our community, the jokes haven’t stopped. “Make up your …

Recovery Story: Nour Samaha

What mental health problem or mental illness are you in recovery from? ​I am in recovery from eating disorders. My eating disorders ranged from abusing laxatives to starving myself. What effect did your mental health problem or mental illness have on your life? ​In my early childhood years, I grew up a bit on the “chubby side” and was constantly …

Recovery Story: Toni Lupro (Part I)

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Hi, everybody! I’m so excited to support this movement as both a patient and a future provider. How many times have you heard somebody joke that they’re “OCD”? Unfortunately, these comments do a major disservice to those of us struggling with true OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder); the trivialization of the disorder is not only hurtful, but it can also prevent sufferers …

The Anxious Mind

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Avoid your fears and they will grow, move towards them and they will subside. Written by Sara Nasser With anxiety we have far more imaginary worries than real ones. Yet somehow every little thought or feeling we have begins to feel incredibly real and magnified when we are in an anxious state. We begin to ruminate over and over in …

Recovery Story: Toni Lupro (Part II)

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What made you decide to get help? This past spring, OCD had taken over my life. I found myself spending far too many hours a day doing compulsions. For example, there were days when I took two to four showers, and each of those showers would take two to four hours to perfect my rituals. I started to experience OCD …

Recovery Story: Anonymous

What experience has impacted your mental health? I am a rape survivor. How did your family and friends respond to this, and how did that impact your mental health? My parents and friends did not support me or validate my emotions and pain as someone who was raped. I was instead scolded or ignored, and that took a big toll …